Happy Sunday Morning!!
It’s official, it’s Autumn in the UK. It’s Sunday morning, it’s wet and miserable outside and I am loving being cosy and warm indoors. Autumn is definitely my favourite season. I love cuddling up inside, lighting some candles and getting lost in reading. The turn of the season means reading Sarah is BACK!
I’ve been waiting to read The Wives by Lauren Weisberger for a few months now. I read the Devil Wears Prada quite some years ago and I’l hold my hands up, completely forgot about Lauren as an author. Then I saw an instagram post from someone who was reading an advanced copy of The Wives and got super excited. As soon as I was able, I downloaded the audio book. I knew this would make a great commute listen.
The Wives sees the return of Emily Charlton; Miranda Priestly’s first assistant in The Devil Wears Prada. Except she’s no longer working for Miranda, she lives in LA and is an image consultant to the rich and famous. Sounds amazing, but business is starting to dip for Emily and she’s losing clients left right and centre. Karolina Hartwell has some loose connections to Emily via Runway in that she was a high flying super model, but she is now the wife of Senator Hartwell. Things are also ropey for Karolina following her arrest for a DUI whilst car pooling her step-son and his friends. The link between the two women is Miriam. A friend to both Emily and Karolina, Miriam was previously a high fling New York lawyer but sacrificed it all for the Mummy life in the suburbs. Although an unlikely trio, the three women need each other to navigate their way through America’s favourite suburb; Connecticut and with all hope, come out the other side positive.
I LOVED listening to this. It was funny (so so funny), emotional, relatable and easy going. I found it perfect for my commute time and so easy to listen to. The narrator was perfect and had me laughing my head off at points.
Emily was firmly my favourite character. She’s so straight to the point and honest I love her. I love that we got to see her strong exterior chipped a little and saw a more vulnerable side to Emily towards the end of the book. I don’t think I have a least favourite character from this book. Some of the periphery characters were just there, but I neither liked or disliked them.
If you’re looking for a read that will make you laugh a lot, make you smile a lot, give you a little pinch of the feels every now and again and give you an overall feel good vibe, this is one for you! I didn’t get bored listening to this once and I was disappointed when it got to the end. A really solid 4 star chick lit read from my perspective.
“Bespoke vaginas are the new Birkin bags.”
The Wives by Lauren Weisberger